SGU Episode 277

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SGU Episode 277
November 3rd 2010
SGU 276 SGU 278
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'The World is full of wonders, but they become more Wonderful, not less Wonderful when Science looks at them'
Sir David Frederick Attenborough
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

News Items ()[edit]

Psychic Cat ()[edit]

100 Year Starship Project ()[edit]

Cure for the Common Cold ()[edit]

Life on the Moon ()[edit]

Alien Ballot Defeated ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Pulsars from a globular cluster

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Banana Ripening ()[edit]

Here is weird one. A co-worker of mine has an odd habit of laying bananas out over her desk. she tells me that this is because a banana will ripen faster if it is touching another banana. now I’ve heard the old tale that you can ripen other fruit by putting a banana next to it, but i haven’t heard that you need to separate bananas from each other. is there any validity to her claim or is she simply bananas? Sean Dowling Brisbane PS. I won the additional tickets lottery and can go to TAMoz! prepare to be shaken by the hand, rouges.

Interview with Jamy Ian Swiss ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Neanderthals Were More Promiscuous Than Modern Humans, Fossil Finger Bones Suggest. Item #2: Bad habits can cause your children and possibly grandchildren to end up with a psychiatric disorder. Item #3: Positive psychological changes from meditation training are linked to cellular health. Item #4: Astronomers have found evidence that volcanic activity may still be possible on the moon.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The World is full of wonders, but they become more Wonderful, not less Wonderful when Science looks at them' -Sir David Frederick Attenborough Submitted by Tim from London

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